Are begonias toxic to cats


Are begonias toxic to cats?

A:

It is extremely unlikely that your begonia are toxic to cats.

Many begonia are relatively non-toxic, though some of them are known to have very toxic properties. In general, begonia with long petioles are more likely to be toxic than those with shorter petioles.

Begonias are generally safe for most cats.

If you suspect that your cat might not like your begonia, you may be able to train your cat to like them. The general method of doing this is to reward your cat when he/she approaches a plant and also reward your cat with praise or play when he/she approaches a safe plant.

You can also try giving your cat a treat, such as food, when he/she is near a begonia.

A final option is to leave the plant alone and instead give your cat more attention, food and love.

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A:

Begonias are absolutely not toxic to cats. They just might not be to your cat's taste.

Begonias are extremely popular in many flower gardens, and can be found in most modern nurseries and in many supermarkets. If your cat isn't used to eating flowers, and likes your other cat-friendly foods, you could always try some of those. But, honestly, it's not going to be easy.

But, here's the bottom line: Cats are very smart, but they are not omnivores. They don't eat the same things that we do, and it's going to take some work on your part to make sure that he will accept your begonias. Don't even try unless you're ready to make the effort, and willing to put in the time.

As a general rule, if something is edible for you, it's probably edible for your cat (and vice versa) but there are always exceptions.

As I said, they're not dangerous, but you are going to have to work at making it work.

Good luck!

PS. I have a cat who's just not going to eat flowers, no matter what. They're too much work, and too small. A good rule of thumb is that if the petals are larger than a quarter, your cat will probably not want them. Flowers and leaves are generally much more acceptable.

A:

Most begonia species are not toxic to cats.

The following plants should not be a concern if ingested by your cat.

Begonia (Begoniaceae)

Begonia are a group of flowering plants that can be used in the landscape.

Some begonia plants that might be a concern if eaten

Begonia are not toxic to pets.

Begonia have been safely eaten by cats for decades.

You can also read this link for more information about cat and begonia.

Here is a photo of my cat that ate a begonia petiole.

My cat is also curious about some of my garden plants.

Here is a photo of my cat that ate an oregano leaf.

Here is a photo of my cat that ate a basil plant.

Some of my garden plants are very poisonous, so they are a safety concern.

You can also read more about this topic here.


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